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12-Week Program NEA Borderline Personality Disorder


The Family Connections © program is designed specifically to help parents, spouses, and adult children, and siblings of those with Borderline Personality Disorder obtain knowledge and develop skills that will be helpful to them for their own well-being and to build a support network with other individuals and with a relative with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

Framework of Program

The course content of Family Connections was adapted from an existing curriculum. The program was developed by two practicing clinician/researchers and modified in consultation with family members and consumers.

The format of the sessions allows group participants to obtain information, acquire and practice the application of skills and enjoy an open and supportive forum for discussion.Thus, the program combines the real-life experiences and needs of families of persons with BPD with the expertise of more than two decades of professional work with families. Group leaders, who are family members themselves, have extensive personal experience in this area and have committed themselves to the training needed to disseminate and maintain the integrity of the program.

Course Content

Series offers:

  • Education on borderline personality disorder (BPD)
  • Research on BPD
  • Skills training based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in the context of a supportive group environment
  • Application and practice of skills
  • Development of a support network

Topics addressed:

  • Education on BPD
  • Research on BPD
  • Family Perspectives and Experiences
  • Relationship Mindfulness Skills
  • Family Environment Skills
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Validation Skills
  • Problem Management Skills

For additional Information:

  • Go to: www.bpdla.com
  • E-mail: dssatsci@msn.com
  • OR contact Donna Shields 310-486-0493